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Marijuana advocate Christie, Update !! Hawai'i

Feds raid Hilo pot ministry
by Colin M. Stewart And John Burnett
Tribune-Herald Staff Writers

Published: Friday, July 9, 2010 10:23 AM HST
Marijuana advocate Christie, 12 others arrested; charges to be detailed today
Federal agents apprehended at least a dozen people on the Big Island in a series of raids that began early Thursday morning.

Among those taken into custody was outspoken marijuana advocate Roger Christie, the founding director of The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry in downtown Hilo.

"We assisted federal agents in the arrest, and that's about all I can say," said Capt. Randall Medeiros, commander of the police Criminal Investigation Division. He directed further inquiries to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Honolulu.
http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2010/07/09/loca...

Roger Christie's THC Ministry was raided, and federal authorities took hundreds of plants

By Nelson Daranciang

Big Island marijuana advocate Roger Christie, his partner, two employees of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry and 10 people who allegedly supplied marijuana for the ministry are facing federal marijuana manufacturing, possession and distribution charges.

A federal grand jury returned a secret indictment last month against Christie, Sherryanne L. St. Cyr, Susanne Lenore Friend, Timothy M. Mann, Richard Bruce Turpen, Wesley Mark Sudbury, Donald James Gibson, Roland Gregory Ignacio, Perry Emilio Policicchio, John DeBaptist Bouey III, Michael B. Shapiro, Aaron George Zeeman, Victoria C. Fiore and Jessica R. Walsh.

A federal judge unsealed the indictment yesterday. The U.S. attorney scheduled a news conference for this afternoon.
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Drug Kingpin or Political Prisoner?

Hilo’s Marijuana Minister, Rev. Roger Christie (still) in jail
by Cameron Johnson | Apr 27, 2011

Rev. Roger Christie / “We are fed, we are loved and we have a roof over our heads.” This mantra is a favorite espoused by the charismatic and popular Rev. Roger Christie, founder of The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry based in Hilo. After almost a year of federal detention, pending his July 6 trial for allegedly distributing marijuana, one wonders how Christie is coping without one of his daily essentials.

Christie believes that providing marijuana as part of the religious experience at the THC Ministry is protected under the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. The federal government seemed to share his belief, seeing as no arrests were made after federal law enforcement officers raided his home and ministry in March 2010.

http://honoluluweekly.com/cover/2011/04/drug-kingpin-or-poli...

Who's Afraid of the Big Island's Cannabis Minister? 1-9-2011

Cannabis plus Hawaii? Joyful, joyous ALOHA! Heaven right here on Earth. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Roger Christie was licensed by the State of Hawaii, Department of Health in June 2000. As far as anyone knows, he is the first licensed Cannabis Sacrament Minister in the United States. Licensed to offer the sacrament of an illegal plant. Seal of approval by the State of Hawaii. Shakas and mahalo nui loa to da First Amendment, braddahs and sistahs! It's a sacrament, all right. The original sacrament. We're talking tens of thousands of years kind of sacrament. Humans have been using this plant that long to connect with the CREATOR.

The Botanical Messiah according to Reverend Roger:

"I knew my instincts were correct to smoke Cannabis and follow the 'marijuana trail' wherever it leads. Turns out that it leads to lots of happiness, healing of body and mind and a deep spiritual connection with a safe and natural plant sacrament. I consider Cannabis to be a "Botanical Messiah", a savior in a plant.

Save people from what?

http://hokulanicheneviere.blogspot.com/2011/01/is-hawaii-can...

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maui wowie, pakalolo, kona gold, just a few of Hawaiian strains

"What a trick this is for a plant, to produce a chemical so mysterious in its effects on human consciousness that the plant itself becomes the sacrament, deserving of humankind's worshipful care and dissemination."
~ Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire

Thanks for the post ... brings back very special memories of the cosmic essence.

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Aloha THC Ministry!!!

Yes, another scenario like what they did to Marc Emery(Canadian extradicted to U.S.Inc.), who is still behind bars in a Washington State prison who dared to educate the public and speak truth to the gangsters in government.

May you all celebrate peace and blessings for your noble efforts. We are all watching and figuring things out.

Soon all 'kidnapped' people indicted for false 'victimless' crimes and sent to prison will be released and all those who continue to insist on their 'legal' but not lawful authority, undoubtedly will take their places.

Message from Roger Christie: from Federal Bureau of Prisons

Posted By Roger Christie on
September 20, 2010

Hello THC Ministry members, friends and welcomed guests, Greetings of aloha to you! I hope this finds you in the best of spirits, or helps to put you there.

Happy autumn equinox, one of the two perfectly balanced times of the year with equal day and night. And it just so happens to be the 10th Anniversary of the THC Ministry. September 20, 2000 – September 20, 2010!

I’m doing well, probably even better than can be expected. Thanks for asking. Although I’m temporarily incarcerated and held without bail by the U.S. government for practicing our religion, my blessings far exceed my bummers. The treatment here is ‘humane’ and often surprisingly respectful. There is aloha to be found and to be shared inside and outside of prison bars. And yes, I want to be released as soon as possible, too! I’m still a happy and grateful guy with love in my heart and meaningful work to do on this beautiful, troubled and promising planet Earth. And I’m learning a few important lessons.

One of my biggest blessings is that I have the love and support of a terrific woman, Share St. Cyr, who’s in Hilo keeping our home going smoothly while she’s also a defendant in our case of the “Green Fourteen”. Please take a moment and say “a prayer for Share” as she’s much busier now than I am, keeping both of our lives together. And give her a hug if you get the chance!

I’d also like to request a prayer for the other twelve defendants. Some of you know them, most of you don’t, but they are all good-hearted, well-meaning people who deserve to win the charges against them and be free. Mahalo......

http://hawaiian-tv.com/showthread.php?t=1549

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End the war on drugs (witch burning)

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those that do evil, but because of those that look on and do nothing”
-Albert Einstein

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Christie denied bail a fourth time, Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Hilo marijuana activist and minister facing a federal trial next April for allegedly operating a pot distribution ring has been denied bail a fourth time -- and his girlfriend has broken her silence on the subject.

U.S. District Judge David Ezra on Friday denied a motion by the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry founder Roger Christie to set bail in his case.

Christie and 13 co-defendants, who call themselves the "Green 14," were arrested in July raids by federal agents, assisted by local police. It was the second raid on Christie's home and ministry in four months. The others, including Christie's girlfriend, Share e. St. Cyr have been released on bail. At his initial bail hearing, Federal Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang called Christie "a danger to the community." He remains in custody at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu.

"He is definitely a political prisoner. Period," St. Cyr said Saturday morning at the Wainaku condominium she and Christie shared prior to the arrests. "... This is a time for the church. These questions are coming up now with the elections. State. Church. Our First Amendment rights are definitely being hampered."......

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2010/10/24/loca...

Big Island March Held For Jailed Marijuana Activist

Bail Denied For Roger Christie, Trial Delayed
August 18, 2010

A crowd of about 200 gathered at Mooheau bandstand in Hilo Wednesday and marched on the federal building to protest the court’s decision to deny bail for Christie.

“I just saw last week where a drunk driver killed a woman in Kona. He was in the hospital and was released without bail without anything. They say Roger is a danger to the community so he can’t be released,” Robert Petricci said.

Christie and his church was the subject of a two year probe by federal agents. The 61-year-old Big Island resident claimed religious freedom even though the prosecutors say religious freedom does not apply to drug cases.
http://www.kitv.com/r/24683261/detail.html

Eventually the entire group of 200-300 people arrived at the Federal Building, where protesters again demanded Christie’s release on bond before his trial, now scheduled for April 26, 2011.

The event was coordinated by the newly formed Cannabis Charity Education and Defense Fund of Hawaii. Another rally and march to protest Christie’s detention has been scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2010.
(photos) http://cannabis.mensnewsdaily.com/2010/08/20/hundreds-march-...

With a primary election just weeks away, the Hawai`i state Narcotics Enforcement Division has restarted its Marijuana Eradication program over the Big Island.

http://cannabis.mensnewsdaily.com/2010/08/19/hawaii-state-re...

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/128632

The comment section has more testimonials and pro cannabis.

"I acquired a Medical Marijuana license form my state and began learning how to take care of myself with the use of this herb. I have followed every State and local, and DHS law, I do not abuse, I medicate responsibly. This is wrong, it is prohibition and the police should be ashamed. This is a religious sacrament all over the world and was protected by our forefathers and the Christian foundations spoke of in the Bible.

"I prayed, honestly, I prayed to God for assistance I was getting no where with our medical system. The THC Ministry was shown to me and I researched the entire marijuana issue and history in the world and the use of Modern day "marijuana" annointing oils for the annointed one, for oiling the tabernacal and the alters, incense and medicine. Through a family friend I received some of this life saving naturally grown herb.
-GTLSOLARMAN 1 week ago
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And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

self-defense measures seem ok

self-defense measures seem ok in this situation :)

Doesn't pass the Constitutional test... fails on the First Ammen

dment, Congress shall make no law regarding the Establishment of Religion.

Sounds like a town needs to have a mass mailing of Jury Nullification brochures.

The Liberty a society retains is inversely proportional to the number of Lawyers in the Government.

My Thought, Almost Exactly

We don't want them asking prospective jurors if they got a brochure in the mail! It was fabulous that in the Ed Thompson thread, in one of the videos, Ed Thompson described how they had to drop the case against him because every juror came in and said they were on his side. They couldn't find enough jurors for the trial!

Hawaii is small like Tomah. Maybe the same thing will happen there.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

However, this is still "catch and release" facism.

Federal feudalistic facism.

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Judge: Roger Christie to remain jailed.....

By Tribune-Herald
Published: Sunday, August 8, 2010 8:11 AM HST
A federal appeals court on Friday ruled that the founder of The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry will remain in custody without bail while awaiting trial on marijuana charges.

Three justices of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's order that 61-year-old Roger Christie be held without bail pending trial, scheduled for Sept. 8 in Honolulu.

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2010/08/08/loca...

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http://www.thc-ministry.org/?page_id=453

A two-year investigation led to the arrests of 14 people on the Big Island in connection with an alleged marijuana growing and distribution network.

The leader of the group has openly said cannabis is a religion for him and that he's proud to spread what he calls the sacrament. How he did it, though, appears to have run afoul of federal authorities.

Roger Christie of Hilo speaks openly about what he calls his religion -- his THC ministry, and of the wealth that has flowed from it.

"The nickname for it is ganja-nomics,” he says on web videos he made promoting his services, “the natural economy that happens when you have freedom and cannabis together."

http://www.khon2.com/news/local/story/Drug-bust-nets-leader-...

'Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993'.
http://religiousfreedom.lib.virginia.edu/sacred/RFRA1993.html

Officials Unveil Big Island Marijuana Case

HONOLULU -- The Hawaii U.S. Attorney on Friday outlined grand jury indictments against 14 people in connection with a marijuana case on the Big Island.

The defendants face charges of conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess marijuana.

http://www.kitv.com/news/24205374/detail.html#COMMENTTOP

U.S. attorneys say an operation disguised as a religion was a major drug-trafficking group

By Nelson Daranciang

Marijuana advocate Roger Christie ran a major drug trafficking organization on Hawaii island under the guise of religious freedom through the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry in downtown Hilo, said U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni.

"This was a large-scale business. Marijuana is big, and this group was heavily involved in it," Nakakuni said.

County and federal law enforcement officers arrested Christie, 61, and 13 other Big Island residents Thursday on federal conspiracy and marijuana manufacturing, possession and distribution charges. All 14 pleaded not guilty in federal court yesterday.
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